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To All Members,
Please find below a brief history to date regarding the commencement of tossing.
20th April 2020: We sent a letter on behalf of all the Melbourne Federations to the Victorian Minister of Health requesting approval to commence tossing. No official response received as yet.
11th May 2020: We contacted Coronavirus.vic.gov.au questioning whether we could commence tossing. The Officer advised that nothing would be officially published in the form of new restrictions until the 13th May 2020.
12th May 2020: A call was received from John Share concerned as to whether we are legally allowed to commence tossing. We agreed John would follow up with Victoria Police, as they are the body that enforces any restrictions. No response received as yet but expected on 14th May 2020.
12th May 2020: Received legal letter from Charles Hider advising, in his view, on reading the Victorian Government's revised restrictions, we will be able to commence tossing from the 13th May 2020 (refer attached). Letter to VHA re tossing 110520.pdf
13th May 2020: We again contacted Coronavirus.vic.gov.au - Business Section - Information Officer Nick who read through the current published restrictions (Restricted Activity No. 7) and verbally advised, that in his opinion, tossing pigeons complies with part 2(e) and part 6. He suggested we print a copy of this document and carry with us in the car when tossing (refer attached relevant pages).COVID-19 (a).pdfCOVID-19 (b).pdf.
In summary, the legality of whether we can or cannot toss is vague as we haven't received any official directive from a Victorian Government body. Therefore, we suggest that if you commence tossing, you carry a copy of all the attached notices until we receive written confirmation from a Victorian Government body. We note any tossing by a member is at the member's own risk prior to us receiving required Government body notice.
2020 Racing Season:
We currently do not have sufficient Government direction to predict when the 2020 racing season may commence. The next revised COVID-19 restrictions are to be released by the Victorian Government on the 1st June 2020. Therefore, we will not start meaningful discussions with the WPF regarding a racing season start date, revised racing schedule, protocols etc, until after the 1st June 2020.
We shall keep you informed as we receive further information.